Thirty imaginary assassins imagined they could kill my imagination. With each stab in the back they bumped into my expressionless face and wondered why I was impenetrable. Objectionable action but I chose ignorance. The imperturbable in me cut a bit of their momentum off with the same knives. Which means to beat them with their weapons. They tried to pick me up with a shovel. But I was ready a long time ago. I sleep best in smurf pyjamas. By the time the alarm went off to go to work, I had killed them all.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In December 2022, the group has 9,880 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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